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Poster: Eastside Kidd Date: Mar 21, 2009 11:50pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Copyright question about "This is the Army"(1943)

Now that Warner Bros. has released a restored version of this movie on DVD, does that mean that the unrestored version on the Archive is no longer PD and should be removed?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Mar 22, 2009 3:36am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright question about 'This is the Army'(1943)

The simple answer is no. Restoration of the original public domain film does not re-copyright it. As copyright is not ownership of the physical work, but the ownership of theoretical rights, it is technically impossible to claim copyright on a restoration. Under US law the only things that can be covered by copyright of a restoration or publication of a public domain work are the newly created contents of the edition. This includes any (unpublished) additional scenes, title cards, musical cues and, if it has been released on DVD, menus and other DVD content.